Oct 11, 2012 6:00pm PDT
companies when doctors and hospitals. the a.m.a. supported what we did. a.a.r.p. endorsed what we did. and it extended the life of medicare to 2024. they want to wipe this all out. it also gave more benefits. any senior out there ask yourself-- do you have more benefits today? you do. if you're near the donut hole you have $600 more to help your prescription drug cost. you get wellness visits without co-pays. they wipe all of this out and medicare becomes insolvent in 2016. number one. number two, guaranteed benefit. it's a voucher. when they first proposed-- when the congressman had his first voucher program the c.b.o. said it could worst $6,400 a year, market amore for every senior, 55 and below when they got there. he knew that, yet he got all the guys in congress and women in the republican party to vote for it. governor romney, knowing that said, "i would sign it were i there. who do you believe? the a.m.a., me, a guy who has fought his whole life for this, or somebody who would actually put in motion a plan that knowingly cuts-- added $6,400 a year more to the cost of medicare.
Oct 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
brought in a.a.r.p., he brought in hospital associations, he brought in the a.m.a. in a coalition to support that. >> reporter: increasingly lobbyists aren't just influencing legislation. they help write it. even davis recalls being put off by that facet of a lobbyist's role several years ago >> there were 40 lobbyists in the room. we were arguing as if we were elected to something, about the placement of a comma. i kid you not. the placement of that comma had a huge -- i won't explain why, but trust me -- it had a huge importance. i thought to myself, if the american people were really here and we were on c-span, there would be blood in the streets. >> we're going to talk about neuro science >> reporter: in the end e-health's lobbying was successful in changing the rules. low-income americans will be allowed to use their subsidies to buy insurance on e-health. did you have to write a proposed regulation to hand them? >> we've written a lot. at the end of the day the regulation didn't use all of our language. that was fine. but it caught the essence of this. and it included some t